Essential Oil of Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)


Family: Rutaceae

Origin: South-Eastern Asia and the Philippines

Plant description: A prolific fruit producing tree growing up to 25 ft. The tree is usually thorny, with slender twigs, broad leaves having minute rounded teeth.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Peel

Extraction method: Pressed

Main Chemical Constituents: Geraniol, citral, citronellal, methyl anthranilate, limonene

PRECAUTIONS: Causes phototoxicicity, so best not to use before going out into strong sunlight. Is not beneficial for use in the bath as it may cause skin irritation.

PROPERTIES: Antispasmodic, cholagogue, cytophylactic, digestive, emollient, sedative, tonic.




Digestive: A tonic to the digestion that stimulates appetite, especially after illness or loss of hunger due to depression. Stimulates the liver, helping to regulate metabolic processes and aid in the secretion of bile and breaking down fats. At the same time it is calming to the intestines and good for expelling gas.

Mental/Emotional: Has a cheering action, as well as a revitalizing and strengthening affect. Shifts mental negativity and promotes deep, restful sleep. It supports feelings of contentment and well being.

Reproductive: Beneficial for morning sickness and PMS

Skin care: Great to lessen stretch marks and scarring


About this essential oil:

Mandarin is a close cousin of tangerine that is so mild and effective that it can be used for every member of the family.

Which Faith Aromatherapy Products can I find this oil in?


  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar




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